Judges’ tricky task was no joking matter

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David Crompton was always going to get a ribbing at a comedy event.

But the chief constable of South Yorkshire Police took it in his stride and even joked about staging a raffle for a vacant parking space at Rotherham police station.

He was one of four judges at the event including Pyronix boss Julie Kenny, Meadowhall director Darren Pearce and David Walsh, The Star business editor, who had the fiendishly difficult task of choosing a winner.

Tina Harrison, deputy director of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, heaped praise on the eight volunteers who stood blinking in the stage lights in front of hundreds of people.

She said: “These guys have gone over and above. They are such busy people, attending board meetings and flying around the world.

“But each and every one has raised their game and nailed it.”

Now in its third year, Funny Business Sheffield is organised by the charity in association with Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Funds will go towards the completion of the Clinical Research Unit and refurbishment of the day case reception.

The event was sponsored by Hampton by Hilton at West Bar, Sheffield.